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Hawaii State Representative, Dist 26

Duties: The Hawaii State House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Hawaii State Legislature. The Hawaii House of Representatives is a part-time body.Areas Represented: Makiki, PunchbowlHow Elected: The house consists of 51 members elected from an equal number of respective representative districts. A Representative must be a Hawaii resident not less than three years, is at least 18 years old, and is a qualified voter of the representative district from which the person seeks to be elected. Candidates for state legislative offices who are nominated in the primary election and are unopposed in the general election will be deemed elected to the office sought after the primary election regardless of the number of votes received by that candidate (Hawaii State Constitution, Article III, Section 4).Term: Two years, not subject to term limits.Base Salary (FY2022): $62,604 plus $225/day if living outside Oahu, $10/day for members living on Oahu; Speaker of the House - $70,104

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    Charlotte ROSECRANS

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    Valerie C. WANG

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    Della Au BELATTI

Biographical Information

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How would you stop corruption or the appearance of corruption as a State Legislator?

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing Hawaii due to climate change?

Do you believe the response to the COVID-19 crisis could have been improved, and if so, how?

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15 years experience as a local business owner, 10 years of experience with Hawaii, and Japan relations through Non Profit Organizations in Hawaii.
Transparency by making more information available to the public. Not hard to find documents, and hidden hearing information but reaching out to the public and help them get involved in all matters.
Car sharing. My grandfather in the 60's, and 70's rode with his co-workers to the office/factory. We can give incentives to large, mid, and small companies to adopt a policy for their employees to share cars. We can truly be Ohana, in this regard.
We should have taken a close look to president Obama's guidelines here prepared for us years prior to the COVID-19 crisis. As a democrat it is always good to create good policies before we need them, this was true with president Obama as well.
Twitter @@valeriecwang
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Campaign Phone (808)741-0213
Campaign Mailing Address PO Box 38132
Honolulu, HI 96837
I have 18 years of experience in the private business sector, with experience covering an array of industries including Non-Profit, Health Care, and HR.

There are a lot of similarities between the slow to change bureaucracies of a private business & the government. Within that structure, I have a lot of experience being a successful change agent where others have failed.

I currently serve on the Board of Advisors for a food pantry managed by Feeding Hawai'i Together & on the Board of Directors for Bizgenics Foundation - an entrepreneur program for keiki. I also volunteer with the City & County of Honolulu Department of Homelessness, and have worked on some volunteer projects with HDTC.
I’m running on a platform of transparency, communication, and trust – because our government has lost so much of it over the last couple of years.

It should be standard protocol for representatives to recuse themselves from voting on a bill if there is a conflict of interest, and members should have the ability to identify potential conflicts that their peers may have, without fear of retaliation.

I also believe that we should begin moving towards publicly funded elections. The easiest way right now for large interest groups to influence politicians is to make donations to their reelection campaigns. Eliminating that incentive structure is crucial to stopping corruption.
One of the first things I will do is join the thousands of Oahu residents and officials who are calling for the shutdown and defuelment of the Red Hill Storage Facility. The longer those tanks continue to house fuel, the greater risk we have of another leak.

Our cost of living has already reached record highs. I cannot imagine our communities having to buy imported water on a weekly or even daily basis to live, just because we failed to quickly and correctly act to correct the Red Hill issue.
We should have better utilized technologies to improve data sharing, communication, and crisis management. When rolling out new policies, we needed better communication with businesses, schools, and the community.

We needed to revamp our unemployment insurance system. Thousands of recipients waited months to receive their first UI check. Company owners wasted hundreds of hours trying to file the correct claims and paperwork. With upgraded systems, we could have automated much of the process for both employees and employers.

Before I decided to run, I had reached out to the government with suggestions on how to fix these issues. Sadly, I was ignored, as many of us were during the crisis.
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